“There is only one religion, and there are then a thousand forms of it.”
George Bernard Shaw
The word religion comes from the Latin religare ‘to bind’ and is has the inference of obligation, bond, expectation or commitment.
LISN defines religion as personal belief that is lovingly reflected in one’s life actions.There is usually a relational aspect within religion, indicating our relationship with the divine or each other. Some say that the highest form of religion is friendship that accepts a friend as they are.
Religion and tradition both involve each other. Tradition is how things have been done in the past, and religion which is not spirit based may also be limited to tradition.
You can be religious about any moral or ethical stance. Religions conform to a social set of expectations that define that religion.
Each religious tradition is based on one or more of the following :
- A practice of loving friendship with all life, or to a specific god or gods
- An inspirational founder, guru or leader
- A book or books which are considered sacred, and whose interpretation the religions philosophy is based
- A specific societal belief set that the religion adheres to
- A set of leaders or interpreters who define and insist on what is correct belief.
- An attempt to understand the world’s phenomena, the purpose of human existence, the nature of the world, and the place of human beings in that world.
“God is trying to sell you something,
but you don’t want to buy.
This is what your suffering is:
Your fantastic haggling, your manic screaming over the price!”
Fundamentalism relates to advocates a strict, literal interpretation of scripture. This approach does not take into account the fact that individual belief varies based on their own understanding of the same text or life experience.
A fundamentalist is a person who believes in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture in a religion. Most religious followers consist of a mix of both fundamentalists and progressive realists who acknowledge individual freedom of thought and belief.Full Glossary Index